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Old Age - A Beginner's Guide

Michael Kinsley

Vanity Fair columnist Michael Kinsley escorts his fellow Boomers through the door marked "Exit." The notorious baby boomers-the largest age cohort in history-are approaching the end and starting to plan their final moves in the game of life. Now they are asking: What was that all about? Was it about acquiring things or changing the world? Was it about keeping all your marbles? Or is the only thing that counts after you're gone the reputation you leave behind? In this series of essays, Michael Kinsley uses his own battle with Parkinson's disease to unearth answers to questions we are all at some time forced to confront. "Sometimes," he writes, "I feel like a scout from my generation, sent out ahead to experience in my fifties what even the healthiest Boomers are going to experience in their sixties, seventies, or eighties." This surprisingly cheerful book is at once a fresh assessment of a generation and a frequently funny account of one man's journey toward the finish line. "The least misfortune can do to make up for itself is to be interesting," he writes. "Parkinson's disease has fulfilled that obligation."

Vanity Fair columnist Michael Kinsley escorts his fellow Boomers through the door marked "Exit." The notorious baby boomers-the largest age cohort in history-are approaching the end and starting to plan their final moves in the game of life. Now they are asking: What was that all about? Was it about acquiring things or changing the world? Was it about keeping all your marbles? Or is the only thing that counts after you're gone the reputation you leave behind? In this series of essays, Michael Kinsley uses his own battle with Parkinson's disease to unearth answers to questions we are all at some time forced to confront. "Sometimes," he writes, "I feel like a scout from my generation, sent out ahead to experience in my fifties what even the healthiest Boomers are going to experience in their sixties, seventies, or eighties." This surprisingly cheerful book is at once a fresh assessment of a generation and a frequently funny account of one man's journey toward the finish line. "The least misfortune can do to make up for itself is to be interesting," he writes. "Parkinson's disease has fulfilled that obligation."
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Vanity Fair columnist Michael Kinsley escorts his fellow Boomers through the door marked "Exit." The notorious baby boomers-the largest age cohort in history-are approaching the end and starting to plan their final moves in the game of life. Now they are asking: What was that all about? Was it about acquiring things or changing the world? Was it about keeping all your marbles? Or is the only thing that counts after you're gone the reputation you leave behind? In this series of essays, Michael Kinsley uses his own battle with Parkinson's disease to unearth answers to questions we are all at some time forced to confront. "Sometimes," he writes, "I feel like a scout from my generation, sent out ahead to experience in my fifties what even the healthiest Boomers are going to experience in their sixties, seventies, or eighties." This surprisingly cheerful book is at once a fresh assessment of a generation and a frequently funny account of one man's journey toward the finish line. "The least misfortune can do to make up for itself is to be interesting," he writes. "Parkinson's disease has fulfilled that obligation."

Language:

English

Narrators:

Danny Campbell

Length:

3h 39m


Chapters

Free Sample

04:40

Introduction
Introduction

00:18


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:40


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:40


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:33


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:25


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:06


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:01


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:10


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:13


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:07


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:01


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:09


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:48


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:47


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:16


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:43


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:02


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:33


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:49


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:11


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:27


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:31


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:24


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:51


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

01:01


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

00:33